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What are the benefits of safecontractor accreditation?

What is safecontractor accreditation?

Across a number of sectors, such as construction and property management, it is becoming increasingly more complex for contractors to monitor compliance. As a result, it has never been more important to make sure that your business has the right systems and schemes in place to monitor your health and safety obligations, such as safecontractor.

safecontractor is the UK’s leading health and safety assessment scheme. It enables contractors to demonstrate that their health and safety responsibilities are a top priority. Gaining safecontractor accreditation comes with a host of benefits not only to you as a contractor, but also to any client you may carry out work for. While the process of applying may seem daunting at first, Direct Safety Solutions is here to offer our full support in helping you achieve SSiP accreditation.

Why get safecontractor accreditation?

safecontractor is called upon by hundreds of organisations in their search for health and safety accredited contractors. Therefore, the accreditation will provide you with a multitude of benefits:

    • You will be added to the client portal of approved safecontractor members

      • Hundreds of organisations access this portal when looking for potential contractors, using the accreditation as a pre-qualification. This shows that you meet safecontractor requirements and do not pose a health and safety risk to their business, ultimately making you a more attractive prospect

 

  • Save time and money 
    • Being safecontractor approved means you won’t have to fill in pre-qualification questionnaires when carrying out new work 
    • The scheme is an SSiP approved accreditation, meaning applying for similar accreditations, such as the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) is easier, and quicker
  • Peace of mind
    • You can rest assured that you are health and safety compliant, and not losing work to one of the 30,000 other contractors currently using the service due to non-accreditation
  • Use of the safecontractor logo
    • Once you become accredited, you can use the safecontractor logo on your website and marketing materials, and will also receive van stickers. This will demonstrate your health and safety compliance to potential clients

 

How do I gain safecontractor accreditation?

The process of gaining accreditation involves reviewing and auditing your current health and safety procedures and policies, along with any documentation you hold. It is important that you have all the information needed in place before starting your application in order to save time. Dependent on the size and nature of your business, you may need to provide details of the following:

  • Your safety policy
  • Health & safety arrangements
  • Work equipment procedures
  • Health & safety training
  • First aid provision
  • Risk assessments & COSHH assessments
  • Accident reporting
  • Fire risk assessments
  • Electrical safety
  • Manual handling assessments

Not having the correct documentation and information available may hinder the acceptance of your application, and may even mean it gets rejected. If you need support with your safecontractor application, or other nationally recognised contractor standard, Direct Safety Solutions is here to help. Based in the West Midlands and with years of experience in the health and safety sector, you can trust us to bridge any gaps and identify possible problem areas within your application.

Don’t delay gaining this valuable accreditation – let Direct Safety Solutions help you get safecontractor approved today.

Sources:
https://www.hsdirect.co.uk/free-info/what-is-safecontractor.html